Colin Powell School 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorians

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global leadership is pleased to announce the 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorians for the 2019 Colin Powell School commencement.

Valedictorian: Oneika Pryce

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Oneika Pryce is a native New Yorker and the daughter of Jamaican-immigrants. Her work ethic and passion for serving vulnerable populations stem from watching her parents work tirelessly to provide for her and her siblings despite having limited resources. At the Colin Powell School, Oneika has majored in International Studies with a concentration in Development and a minor in French. She is focused on understanding the cultures, histories, and languages of different nations.

While at CCNY, Oneika has served as a Colin Powell School Partners for Change Fellow, bringing awareness to food insecurity on campus. She has participated in the Colin Powell School’s Semester in Washington DC Program interning at the National Disability Rights Network, where she researched the intersection of disability, human trafficking, and emergency preparedness. She has also interned with the New York Public Interest Research Group, supporting campaigns that have raised awareness for higher education affordability. Oneika was awarded the U.S. State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Senegal in January 2019.

Currently, Oneika is a Robina Franklin Williams Intern at the Council on Foreign Relations working on creating an online modular program to teach the fundamentals of foreign policy. After graduation, Oneika plans to focus her career on international relations, with the goal of building more community and cross-cultural understanding among different populations. She is grateful for her time at CCNY and is excited to put the civic and global leadership skills that she learned while at the Colin Powell School to work tackling systemic global problems in the years ahead.

Salutatorian: David Dam


David Dam’s desire for new experiences brought him to the Colin Powell School from Austin, Texas, his hometown. David has served as a Colin Powell Graduate Fellow, focusing on drug pricing disparities in poorer neighborhoods in New York City and is the recipient of the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. He will graduate with a BA and MA in Economics along with a minor in Public Policy.

David’s interests in economic research and social change are fueled by the diversity of his classmates and by discussions with professors. After graduation, David will travel to Delhi, India, for an internship with the Brookings Institution India Center for five weeks before returning to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a full-time research analyst.

Salutatorian: Bryan Guichardo


Bryan Guichardo, a native of the Bronx, is an Anthropology and Black Studies double major. He is the recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Lawrence M. Hyman Scholarship, the William Hallett Greene Award, the St. Clair Drake Award, the Audre Lorde Award, and is a Spring 2019 inductee of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Bryan is the President and former Treasurer of the Anthropology Student Association and has worked part-time as a direct support professional helping individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities become better integrated into their communities. He has also been a research assistant with the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute.

In his free time, Bryan enjoys dining out, traveling, rollerblading, and reading about the African Diaspora. He will be entering the Ph.D. program in History at the CUNY Graduate Center in Fall 2019